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  • 2019.2.15
  • Easy Reading
  • 初級

Popular manga series to be available in English around the world, for free

集英社の漫画、アプリで外国語版を無料公開 新しいファン層獲得狙う

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One of Japan’s biggest manga publishers wants to break into new markets overseas. One way to do that is to release its popular manga titles in English for free. A better way to do that is to release them at the same time as the original version in Japan.

That’s what Shueisha Inc. has done with its Manga Plus website and app service. Readers almost everywhere in the world can now read the latest issues of 38 titles in English. The titles are all published in Shueisha magazines. They include popular pirate adventure series One Piece.

The online service is available in all countries except Japan, China and South Korea. A Spanish version will also be available in coming months, Shueisha said.

Users can also read 13 completed series, including Dragon Ball, the popular martial arts adventure series.

Shueisha hopes that releasing the issues as quickly as possible will cut down on piracy. (Kyodo)

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publisher
(名)出版社、発行者
◆Greg was excited to learn that his manuscript was chosen by a major publisher to be made into a book.
(グレッグは自分の原稿が大手出版社に選ばれて本になると知り興奮した)
☞publish(動)出版する、発行する

release
(動)解放する、発売する
(名)解放、発売
◆a feeling of release(解放感)
◆When we first debuted in the music industry, it was customary to release new singles on a regular basis.
(私たちが初めて音楽業界にデビューしたころは、定期的に新しいシングルを出すのが慣例だった)

latest
(形)最新の
(名)最新のもの
◆at latest(遅くとも)
◆The latest trends in fashion seem to be using a lot of the same items we wore in the 90s.
(最新のファッショントレンドは、90年代の服と同じものを数多く用いているように思える)

series
(名)ひと続き、連続、シリーズ
◆a series of(一連の~)
◆This documentary about wildlife preservation is a four-part series.
(野生動物の保護に関する本ドキュメンタリーは4部作である)

martial
(形)軍事の
◆martial art(武道)
◆In order to control the political unrest in the country, the larger cities were placed under martial law.
(その国の情勢不安を制御するため、大都市が戒厳下に置かれた)
☞martially(副)勇ましく

piracy
(名)海賊行為、著作権侵害
◆air piracy(ハイジャック)
◆Recently, the government is starting to be really strict about Internet piracy.
(近ごろ政府はネットの著作権侵害に対してとても厳しくなってきている)
☞pirate(名)海賊、著作権侵害者

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Listening Comprehension Check

Q1. What do some of Japan's biggest manga publishers want to do?

  • A) Only release new manga overseas.
  • B) Stop selling manga overseas.
  • C) Break into the overseas market.

正解を見る

正解は、C
Break into the overseas market.

Vocabulary Review Quiz

Q1. One of Japan’s biggest manga ( ) wants to break into new markets overseas.

  • A) publishers
  • B) plumbers
  • C) primer

正解を見る

正解は、A
publishers

Q2. One way to do that is to ( ) its popular manga titles in English for free.

  • A) reverse
  • B) revolve
  • C) release

正解を見る

正解は、C
release

Q3. Readers almost everywhere in the world can now read the ( ) issues of 38 titles in English.

  • A) last
  • B) latest
  • C) first

正解を見る

正解は、B
latest

Q4. They include popular pirate adventure ( ) One Piece.

  • A) series
  • B) sheltered
  • C) cereal

正解を見る

正解は、A
series

Q5. Users can also read 13 completed series, including Dragon Ball, the popular ( ) arts adventure series.

  • A) morose
  • B) martial
  • C) married

正解を見る

正解は、B
martial

Q6. Shueisha hopes that releasing the issues as quickly as possible will cut down on ( ).

  • A) treasure
  • B) pirates
  • C) piracy

正解を見る

正解は、C
piracy

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